Introduction (short overview and background of your topic) The purpose of this form is to allow you to set down in a very brief way, on one side of A4, your initial ideas for the Topic of your Dissertation methodology.
On the basis of this information you will be allocated an Advisor with expertise in your area of interest. The Advisor will assist and guide you in developing these initial ideas into a Research Proposal.
The Research Proposal sets out in some detail the work that you intend to do for your Dissertation Title (Title of your dissertation} Research Objectives (Clearly mention research objectives in bullets points.
Research Question Methodology
This section should show that you have given the methodology due consideration and have thought about the data collection approaches and techniques that will be most appropriate.
You should show an awareness of the research philosophy that you intend to adopt and how this will relate to the research approach and data collection techniques you intend to use. You should relate the research methodology to your research objectives stated in Section 7. and explain the rationale behind the methodologies selected.
You must explain how you obtained and analyzed your results for the following reasons:
- Readers need to know how the data was obtained because the method you chose affects the results and, by extension, how you interpreted their significance in the discussion section of your paper.
- Methodology is crucial for any branch of scholarship because an unreliable method produces unreliable results and, as a consequence, undermines the value of your analysis of the findings.
- In most cases, there are a variety of different methods you can choose to investigate a research problem. The methodology section of your paper should clearly articulate the reasons why you have chosen a particular procedure or technique.
- The reader wants to know that the data was collected or generated in a way that is consistent with accepted practice in the field of study. For example, if you are using a multiple choice questionnaire, readers need to know that it offered your respondents a reasonable range of answers to choose from.
- The method must be appropriate to fulfilling the overall aims of the study. For example, you need to ensure that you have a large enough sample size to be able to generalize and make recommendations based upon the findings.
- The methodology should discuss the problems that were anticipated and the steps you took to prevent them from occurring. For any problems that do arise, you must describe the ways in which they were minimized or why these problems do not impact in any meaningful way your interpretation of the findings.
- In the social and behavioral sciences, it is important to always provide sufficient information to allow other researchers to adopt or replicate your methodology. This information is particularly important when a new method has been developed or an innovative use of an existing method is utilized.